We had a fabulous Halloween experience at Warwick Castle. The park is transformed into a wonderfully haunted experience.
We looked online before we visited and the girls dressed in their Halloween costumes, most children were dressed up and it added to the excitement of the occasion.
Warwick castle covers a vast area and it can be a long walk to and from car parking area. Wear your sensible shoes and also be prepared if you go on a wet day as there is lots of grass areas which can be very muddy.
The castle is iconic and the views are fabulous. There are lots of stairs to climb. The castle caters well for families. There are lots of interactive opportunities for children, dressing up as a knight, exploring the castles and the rooms, history and architecture.
During the day younger visitors will love the three daily ghost storytelling sessions. The Skeleton Ball in The Haunted Hollows is a family-friendly trail through an abandoned castle. Children can visit a scary swamp, a spider’s lair, a graveyard and more. Watch out for the skeletons at the spooky party.
You may also spot the Headless Horseman, Plague Doctors and other live actors roaming the Castle grounds throughout your visit.
There are activities for all ages and each given a scare rating, Terrifying being the most scary, then very scary, scary, spooky and slight spooky being the tamest.
Some of the activities needed to be booked and they were very popular so we booked as soon as we arrived so that we could plan our day. The children booked into scary tales story telling and met with the Wanton Witches who were all in character in the Witches Tower.
This is a feel good activity where the girls become witches in training, dress up if you forgot your costume and have a go at writing spells.
You didn’t need to book for The Haunted Hollows which was cleverly decorated to look like a grave yard with luminous bright green water and all staff dressed in character. It’s a spooky trail and the children enjoyed it receiving chocolate pennies from the staff.
There is an after dark fright factor for the older children. We visited in the day time and spent nearly the whole day there. During the evening live actors and special effects bring to life gruesome tales of the plague. This is suitable from age 10 years due to the scare level and ends with a spectacular fireball Trebuchet. We were sorry we missed this.
Included in the ticket price was three firings of the Trebuchet (twice with a fireball), The Duelling Dead Fighting Swordsmen, Raising the Portcullis, Flight of the Eagles Show, twice daily, Sword in the Stone , History tours of State Rooms and Great Hall , Towers & Ramparts , The Castle Dungeon and Merlin: The Dragon Tower (fees apply) and Warwick Castle Unlocked.
The ticket was good value for money and there is something to suit all ages. Warwick Castle is a great family day out with something for everyone.
The attraction is expensive to enter but as this is a Merlin attraction, the usual cost saving tips are: cut out the two for one vouchers from Cadbury sweet packets, Kelloggs cereal boxes or Walls Ice cream. You can also gain entry via Tesco Clubcard, this is what we did. Booking in advance also saves you money.
It was easily accessible from junction 15 off the M40, just 40 minutes from Birmingham and 1 hour 40minutes from London.
We would love to go back again for Halloween as it was such a fun day out and we were lucky we had good weather.